In May, the annual Family Peacemakers Conference – a joint undertaking of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and the Ontario Association for Collaborative Professionals — is held in Ottawa at the Brookstreet Hotel. President Christopher Deeble invites The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, to deliver a keynote speech at the Peacemakers Conference. The subject is the new Divorce Act amendment legislating a new priority being given to out-of-court dispute resolution, mediation being specifically legislated for the first time since the OAFM was founded.
In June, the federal Minister of Justice, David Lametti, addresses the Senate Committee, hailing the benefits of family mediation:
“We are trying to balance a number of different things. Frankly, I think we have the balance right. There are provisions where we are trying to encourage people to use reconciliation and mediation before going to court so that perhaps we can solve these issues beforehand. Then there are presumptive burdens when there is litigation, which actually also help mediation. If you know which way the court will frame its analysis, it helps push the mediation process before it ever gets to court, and hopefully it won’t get to court.”
Senate submissions summarize decades of provincial- and federal-level policy research.
The Board of Directors leads a special town hall discussion with the Chapter and receives a unanimous mandate to undertake an organizational redevelopment of the Chapter.